Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Polar Bear Plunge

This last weekend I paticipated in the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Yes, it was cold...just if you were wondering. I joined Team Ngata of which half were members from our ward. Haloti Ngata plays for the Baltimore Ravens and he is in our ward. He plunged 24 times in the previous 24 hours so he didn't actually plunge with us but we all raised money for his team. We raised over $8000 for the special olympics. It was pretty awesome. We even had another ex-Baltimore Raven come down and support us. Ed Mulitalo came down from Detroit to plunge with us. He used to be in our ward but he got traded to the Detroit Lions last year. It was pretty dang awesome. After the plunge Ed and Haloti took the ward members from the plunge team out to eat. It was a pretty sweet Saturday morning.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

27 Degrees of Separation

So I had an extra 45 minutes and I decided to go blog surfing. I got onto the blog of some USU friends and I decided to see if I could link back to our blog. I just started clicking links on peoples blogs to see if I recognized anyone. Well 27 links later I made it back to ours. All I can say is there are a lot of BYU fans out in the blogosphere (lame). I actually linked back through Nate and Staceys blog. Anyways, I just wanted to put to rest any rumors that I'm not a nerd.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


If you have ever watched the cartoon "Frosty the Snowman" then you will probably recall a line from it of how Frosty was the " belly-wopper in the world." I really hate to ruin the classics for everyone, but I must say they had it all wrong. "Why?", you might ask. Well the best belly-woppers in the world are found in Maryland and they happen to be my kids. I have conclusive video-taped evidence to support my claim. Please see the following:

As you can see they are pretty amazing. I hope you like the close up of my hinder. Amy thinks those shots are pretty funny. Anywho, this week we obviously got some snow. We got about 5 inches. It was pretty fun to play in. Here are a few more pics of us in the snow.

This week Preston accomplished his goal of learning to make pancakes. He set a goal in Joy School to learn how to make pancakes. We thought it was kind of funny that of all things to have as a goal he chose making pancakes. He does love to eat them though, so maybe it isn't that big of a stretch.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

First Haircut

I can't believe that we already had to cut Jackson's hair. He is almost 9 months old now!!! It blows me away to think of how fast time flies. At times I wish school would go a little faster but if that happened then my kids would grow up faster and that would be a tradgedy. I hate to see these little kids grow up. probably don't want to hear me get all fatherly and reflective. So back to the haircut. I actually missed it b/c I had to go to a scout training at the stake center. The folloing is the only evidence we have that the haircut actually happened.

I actually had to crop the picture b/c Amy was in her PJs and would probably kill me if I post a picture of her in her jammies. Anyways, Jackson looks very handsome in his new haircut.

In other news, I passed all of my written boards. I found out about that this week. Amy got called to the nursery. Madison passed off all of her piano songs this week and Preston is learning to write the letters in his name. Here are a couple of other pictures of the kids for you.

This is Preston "fixing" our door frame. One of the panels fell off. He thoughtfully took it upon himself to fix it.

This is Madison crawling out from under our bed. She is our little cave rat when we need a food item from under the bed. We keep food storage under there.

PS--I hope you all like the addition of music to the blog. I tried to pick music that wasn't too annoying. Tell me if you like it or not.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Man Jewlery Box

So I had a lot of requests to explain myself and my Man Jewlery box. Here it is.

So as you can see it is actually pretty cool. It is an organizer for my cell phone and PDA and my GPS runner. It is built so I can put my charger cords up through the back and charge my stuff. I suppose you could call it an organizer but I prefer Man Jewlery Box. So I hope this puts to rest any questions about orientation.

Other things that happened this week. 2008 started. We went to the Benners for a New Years Eve party. It was really fun. Other than that it has been a pretty slow get-back-into-the-flow kind of weeks.

Preston said the funniest thing tonight. We were taking about repentance during our family scripture study and how it "cleans" our spirit. Then we asked the obvious question of what makes our spirits dirty in the first place. Madison came through with "Sins, being mean to others, and being disobedient." Preston thought about it for a minute then looked up and said, "Dust."